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    Where the money come from? Here:

    Manchester United are set to announce a massive increase in turnover to £245million later this week.

    The Red Devils have cashed in on an outstanding season, during which they ended a four-year drought by lifting the Premier League title, only lost out to AC Milan in the Champions League semi-finals and were beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

    Slightly irritated by Arsenal's bullish claim to be the richest club in England when they reported turnover of £201million in September, United have also factored in revenue from the long-term contract with shirt manufacturers Nike, which has never previously been included.

    It leaves United as unquestioned number one in England, slightly behind only Real Madrid in the global arena.

    Confirmation of the £245million figure for overall business will come from Old Trafford overnight on Thursday, with the club itself reporting turnover in excess of £200million for its core football activities.

    It is also expected United will continue to buck the Premier League trend of not disclosing agents' fees by releasing the overall figure it has spent on agents.

    Although this is a step back from previous policy of detailing the fees involved in each transaction, United chief executive David Gill had warned the club may no longer detail payments to agents at all if the club's top flight rivals did not follow suit.

    Gill will certainly be satisfied with the overall results, which are expected to confirm the highest profit figure ever recorded by an English club, which may go some way to easing the widespread concerns of many fans over the debt incurred during Malcolm Glazer's controversial takeover in 2005.

    It has also allowed the club to reduce its wages-turnover ratio to 43.6%, well within the 50% limit set by the Glazer family as a long-term aim.

    With a new TV deal currently in place and United going well in both the Premier League and Europe, plus securing a place in the FA Cup fourth round at Aston Villa on Saturday, there is even scope for improvement this season, especially if new commercial director Richard Arnold can capitalise on a fan base now estimated at 333 million according to market research company TNS Sport.
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    Most Valuable Club

    Manchester United remain the most valuable football team in the world, according to Forbes business magazine.

    The annual list ranks United above Real Madrid with Arsenal leapfrogging AC Milan into third spot and Chelsea in eighth position.

    Meanwhile, David Beckham has lost top spot to Ronaldinho as the world's highest-earning footballer.

    Ten Premiership sides appear on Forbes' list of the world's 25 most valuable football teams followed by clubs from Italy (four), Germany (four), Spain (two), France (two), Scotland (two) and Holland (one).

    The Forbes list however says United no longer command the largest yearly revenues as Real Madrid (£191m), Barcelona (£169m) and Juventus (£164m) - who all have own individual TV deals - surpassed their figure of £158m.

    Salvatore Galatioto, president of the sports banking firm Galatioto Sports Partners, said China remains the key area for future growth.

    He said: 'A big reason why these teams are attracting suitors is their growth potential in all of Asia, but China is the key.

    'You have great brands with these soccer teams that have not been fully exploited.'

    Forbes say Beckham's lucrative move to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season could see the former England captain recapture his position as football's highest earner.

    • Team valuations in pounds sterling according to Forbes:

    1 Man Utd £740million
    2 Real Madrid £528million
    3 Arsenal £466million
    4 Bayern Munich £427million
    5 AC Milan £420million
    6 Juventus £289million
    7 Inter Milan £282million
    8 Chelsea £274million
    9 Barcelona £273million
    10 Schalke 04 £240million
    11 Liverpool £231million
    12 Lyon £175million
    13 Newcastle £132million
    14 Tottenham £124million
    15 Roma £114million
    16 Hamburg £112million
    17 Man City £106million
    18 B Dortmund £101million
    19 Ajax £100million
    20 Celtic £94million
    21 Everton £84million
    22 Marseille £80million
    23 West Ham £79million
    24 Rangers £75million
    25 Aston Villa £71m

    Highest-earning players, according to Forbes

    1 Ronaldinho (Barcelona) £15.2million
    2 David Beckham (Real Madrid) £14.8million
    3 Ronaldo (AC Milan) £11.7million
    4 Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) £8.7million
    5 Michael Ballack (Chelsea) £8.7million
    6 Thierry Henry (Arsenal) £8.2million
    7 Zinedine Zidane (ex-Real Madrid) £8.2million
    8 Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid) £7.6million
    9 John Terry (Chelsea) £7.1million
    10 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) £7.1million

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    I like to shoot OT but no $$$ to go there.
    Whenever I see the fans by the touchline taking pic, I bo tehan.

    I wish I was there with 2 sets of cameras. 1 wide angle and 1 zoom
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff49er View Post
    Neber see u in those org model shoot le
    hahaha...cos none of their themes r

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    Where the money come from? Here:

    Manchester United are set to announce a massive increase in turnover to £245million later this week.

    The Red Devils have cashed in on an outstanding season, during which they ended a four-year drought by lifting the Premier League title, only lost out to AC Milan in the Champions League semi-finals and were beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

    Slightly irritated by Arsenal's bullish claim to be the richest club in England when they reported turnover of £201million in September, United have also factored in revenue from the long-term contract with shirt manufacturers Nike, which has never previously been included.

    It leaves United as unquestioned number one in England, slightly behind only Real Madrid in the global arena.

    Confirmation of the £245million figure for overall business will come from Old Trafford overnight on Thursday, with the club itself reporting turnover in excess of £200million for its core football activities.

    It is also expected United will continue to buck the Premier League trend of not disclosing agents' fees by releasing the overall figure it has spent on agents.

    Although this is a step back from previous policy of detailing the fees involved in each transaction, United chief executive David Gill had warned the club may no longer detail payments to agents at all if the club's top flight rivals did not follow suit.

    Gill will certainly be satisfied with the overall results, which are expected to confirm the highest profit figure ever recorded by an English club, which may go some way to easing the widespread concerns of many fans over the debt incurred during Malcolm Glazer's controversial takeover in 2005.

    It has also allowed the club to reduce its wages-turnover ratio to 43.6%, well within the 50% limit set by the Glazer family as a long-term aim.

    With a new TV deal currently in place and United going well in both the Premier League and Europe, plus securing a place in the FA Cup fourth round at Aston Villa on Saturday, there is even scope for improvement this season, especially if new commercial director Richard Arnold can capitalise on a fan base now estimated at 333 million according to market research company TNS Sport.
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    YEah ... we got the money alright but SAF is not going for Shopping this jan lei...

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    Papers: Treble chaser
    09/01/2008 10:14
    Fergie: I Want Three Trophies
    Alex Ferguson has challenged his Manchester United team to repeat the Treble success of 1999. The Old Trafford boss is convinced he has the best squad of his 21 years in charge but wants them to prove it with trophies. United kicked off 2008 with a league win over Birmingham and then an FA Cup victory at Aston Villa. Fergie thinks that summer buys Carlos Tevez, Owen Hargreaves, Nani and Anderson have what it takes to deliver him another historic treble. United are two points off Arsenal at the top of the league and have ties against Lyon and either Tottenham or Reading in the cups. And the boss is out to relive the glory of 1999 when United scooped the league, FA Cup and Champions League. Fergie said: “I am looking for success in Europe as well as at home. We have the players and the back-up to do it. We are a more mature team this season in terms of European football. The main reason for my optimism is the way we have knitted together as a team. The new players have settled and made the kind of impact we were not entitled to expect so soon.”
    Martin Blackburn, The Sun

    Meanwhile, there are widespread reports that United have agreed a £1million fee for the sale of defender Ryan Shawcross to Stoke City.

    Round up by Steve Bartram

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    Ronny: Rooney is vital

    Cristiano Ronaldo feels United's hopes of silverware will be massively aided by the return to form and fitness of Wayne Rooney.

    The England striker, who has missed 10 games through illness or injury this season, made a match-winning return to action at Aston Villa last weekend - a display which bodes well for the Reds, according to Ronaldo.

    "Everyone knows Wayne is a good player," he said. "He does not have to do anything to prove that. He came on against Villa and did very well.

    "He looked sharp and good - that can only benefit us. We have a strong season ahead of us, so it is important Wayne is ready along with all the other players as well."

    With Rooney back in the fold and United well placed in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, Ronaldo is intent on topping last season's league title triumph.

    "I believe we can do better this year," he said. "We have a good squad, with a fantastic group of players. We have a good chance of winning all the competitions, so why not think about doing that?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    YEah ... we got the money alright but SAF is not going for Shopping this jan lei...
    Then summer shopping lor. But I believe Fergie's words 50% only. He might go for a left back I think.

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    Our good old captain scored in his return

    Reserves: Everton 2 United 2

    Club captain Gary Neville made his long-awaited return from injury for United's Reserves on Wednesday evening, completing 45 minutes and scoring a rare goal as the Reds drew a thrilling match with Everton.

    Neville played in his customary right-back berth and appeared fit and hungry for action as he put in an extremely promising shift against the Toffees, before being replaced by Richard Eckersley at half-time.

    It was Neville's goal after 21 minutes which put United on the road to an impressive fightback. A deflected strike from Victor Anichebe and a long-range effort from James Vaughan had the hosts two goals up within 17 minutes.

    Having motored down the right flank and onto David Gray's through-ball, however, Neville halved the arrears by cutting inside and placing a left-footed shot past goalkeeper John Ruddy, albeit via a slight deflection.

    In a match which was littered with chances for both sides, United should have drawn level just before half-time when Febian Brandy was brought down inside the area.

    Toffees defender John Irving was shown a straight red card for his offence, but United failed to capitalise as first Ritchie Jones saw his spot-kick saved before Sean Evans blazed the rebound off target.

    The winger did make amends for his glaring miss on the hour mark, however. Taking a pass from substitute Chris Fagan, Evans made space for himself just inside the box before arrowing a superb shot into the bottom far corner.

    Evans came close to snatching victory for United with five minutes remaining, but Ruddy did well to brush another powerful shot just past the post and save a point for his side.

    The result prevented United from posting a sixth successive victory but, on a night when they fought from two goals down and saw club captain Neville make a promising return to action, there was little to disappoint managers Brian McClair and Jim Ryan.

    United: Zieler; Neville (Eckersley, 46), Chester, Cathcart (Cleverley, 46), Simpson (Drinkwater, 46); Gray, Hewson, Jones, S Evans; Brandy, Dong.
    Subs not used: Heaton, Lea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Our good old captain scored in his return

    Reserves: Everton 2 United 2




    Wah that is very rare!

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    Big Sam leaves Magpies

    Nigel Pearson will take temporary charge of Newcastle for Saturday's visit to Old Trafford.

    The former Magpies assistant manager has stepped up after Sam Allardyce's short reign at St James' Park came to an abrupt end on Wednesday evening.

    Allardyce last just eight months at the Newcastle helm, with poor recent results prompting the Magpies to seek a change of management.

    "I'm disappointed but I wish them all the best for the future," he said on Wednesday evening. "It was a shock, I didn't expect it."

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    Match Pack: Newcastle

    Sir Alex Ferguson will pit his managerial wits against an unexpected foe this weekend, with Nigel Pearson taking temporary charge of Newcastle after the departure of Sam Allardyce.

    Form guide: Newcastle are without a win in five matches, with defeats against Wigan, Chelsea and Manchester City flanked by draws with Derby County and Stoke City. United, on the other hand, have five wins in their last six matches including last Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup win at Aston Villa.

    Ins and outs: Wayne Rooney should start his first match since Boxing Day after a match-winning cameo at Villa Park, while strike partner Carlos Tevez could return after suffering a bruised ankle against Birmingham. Wes Brown is suspended for United, while Newcastle will be without Peter Ramage through injury. Also missing for the Magpies are Geremi, Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye and possibly Obafemi Martins, at the African Cup of Nations.

    Star men: Michael Owen is feeling his way back to match fitness, but the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker remains a potent goal threat at all times. Newcastle will be apprehensive about facing a fit-again Wayne Rooney, who has scored six goals in as many league appearances against the Magpies.

    Rivals watch: Arsenal v Birmingham, Chelsea v Tottenham, Middlesbrough v Liverpool.

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    Park sets sights on Treble

    Ji-sung Park is determined to make up for lost time by helping United achieve glory on all three fronts this season.

    The energetic Korea midfielder made his first appearance after nearly nine months out with a knee injury in the 4-0 home win over Sunderland on Boxing Day.

    With the second half of the season underway, United are well placed behind Arsenal at the top of the league and face a home tie against Tottenham or Reading in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    And the Reds will be confident of winning next month’s Champions League last-16 tie against French champions Olympique Lyonnais, who sneaked through their qualifying group after conceding 10 goals in six games.

    The optimism around Old Trafford has convinced Park that the current crop of players can improve on last season’s title triumph by emulating the achievements of the 1999 Treble-winning squad.

    “I want to win all of the titles,” the 26-year-old told MUTV.

    “Last season we won the league but reached the semi-final of the Champions League and the final of the FA Cup. This season we have a better squad.

    “Compared to last season, we have more players and the new signings have done very well so far. We have a lot of quality players.

    “There are more matches this season, so we need a good enough squad – but I know we have it.”
    Hmmm... a very confident Park!

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    Rooney off the leash

    Wayne Rooney returned to action against Aston Villa last weekend to turn the FA Cup tie around in a 20-minute cameo. He made one goal and scored another in his first game back from a virus-enforced spell on the sidelines.

    In this interview with Inside United magazine, he talks about the season so far and what the future holds...

    Aside from injuries, has the season gone better than you had hoped for or were you expecting more?
    It’s been very much stop-start for me to be honest. I broke my foot in the first league game of the season and then came back and went on a good run. I then injured my ankle and came back again. Hopefully I can have a good run in the side now and keep scoring goals. We’ve got ourselves into a good position in the league. We had a poor start to the season and even after the first month or so I think we were all worried that we’d already dropped quite a few points. Since then we’ve done well. We’ve also seen that the other top teams around us like Arsenal and Liverpool can drop points as well, so that gives us confidence going into the second half of the campaign.

    You scored eight goals in seven games during October and November - is that your best form ever?
    I don’t think I was playing at my best, but in terms of goalscoring it was the best period of my career so far, which was pleasing. When you’re on a run like that you go into every game believing you’ll get chances and that you'll put them away.

    When you're not scoring how do you cope with criticism – do you accept that it comes with the territory at United?
    Yeah, you have to. I think any forward accepts the fact that you’ll get criticism if you’re not scoring. You just have to get used to it and focus on your game.

    Many people questioned your partnership with Carlos Tevez as well, but did you always believe it would work out?
    Definitely. He’s a great player and he’s done really well since he joined the club and I think we’re working well together. I think our partnership proves that all good players can play together no matter how similar you are.

    The manager picked Tevez’s goal against Middlesbrough, which you set up with a back-heel, as his favourite of the campaign so far...
    It was a good goal and all about instint. I knew as soon as he passed the ball that he was going to move in behind me and I managed to get it back to him and he finished it off brilliantly. It was a good goal and I was really pleased for him.

    Tevez and the other lads who joined this season seem to have taken to life at United quickly – what have they brought to the dressing room and have they joined in the pranks yet?
    Yeah, they have! Nani is a really funny lad around the dressing room. He’s picked the language up very quickly, probably more so than Carlos and Anderson. Anderson is another who likes a joke, whereas Carlos is pretty quiet and usually just sits and looks on, having a laugh to himself! Owen [Hargreaves] already knew a lot of the players from the England set-up and he’s a really good lad. So they’ve all fitted in very well.

    You said before the season started that you felt this squad is the strongest you’ve been involved in during your time at United. Are you sticking by that statement?
    I think that’s been proved by the way in which players have come in and performed when someone has been out with an injury. We’ve dealt with setbacks like that very well. That’s when you see the strength of the squad. I think being champions has given us a lot of confidence. The pressure to succeed is still there especially as every team we play always wants to do well against us. But there’s a real belief in the dressing room and, for me, it’s definitely the strongest squad I’ve been involved in.

    Some people have suggested that United rely too heavily on yourself and Ronaldo – do you feel any particular pressure regarding that?
    No. More importantly we know football is a team game and it’s the whole team that should take credit, not just individual players. Every member of the squad plays their part and as a team we win together and we lose together.

    Finally, you skippered a very young United side in the final Champions League group game against Roma. How did you feel as you stepped out of the tunnel at the Stadio Olimpico?
    It was a great feeling to lead the team out and a big achievement for me. I was skipper for the first time against Copenhagen at Old Trafford last season, but to do it again against a team like Roma was a real privilege. Against Copenhagen a couple of the lads were injured in the warm-up and the manager told me only just before we were due to go out. With the Roma game he told me a few days before, so I had time to get excited and prepare for it. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to do it again.
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    Anelka joined Chelsea for 15m. I tot he will do well at Man Utd but too bad. Hope that its his lost that he din join us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Anelka joined Chelsea for 15m. I tot he will do well at Man Utd but too bad. Hope that its his lost that he din join us.
    Though he has a good scoring record ag Man U, he has always been an enigma. He plays well when he feels like it.
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    Gill: Transfers get green light

    United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may not be looking to add to the Reds’ squad in the January transfer window but Chief Executive David Gill says money is available should the manager change his mind.

    The Reds announced record turnover and profits on Friday for the year ended June 2007, so there is money at Sir Alex's disposal.

    “We always look to invest and we demonstrated that last summer,” Gill told Manchester United Radio, referring to the acquisitions of Nani, Anderson, Owen Hargreaves and Carlos Tevez.

    “We had a great season in 2006/07 but we spent a lot of money to improve the team and that’s something we’re always looking to do.”

    United have been linked with a number of strikers and left-sided defenders but Reds boss Sir Alex spent much of December telling the media he was satisfied with the current squad.

    It’s a sentiment David Gill was quick to echo.

    “The squad’s composition is excellent at the moment in terms of age, experience and ability [so bringing in new players] isn’t high on our list of priorities right now, but if something came along – another young Wayne Rooney, for example – we’d be in there competing for him, certainly.”

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    Welcome to Part II of the interview:
    Rooney proud to be Reds no.10

    Wayne Rooney this season took up the iconic no.10 at Old Trafford, and as he reveals part two of this interview, he's hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of the footballing greats to have donned the shirt...

    Why did you change your number this season – were you offered the No.10 shirt?
    When Ruud [van Nistelrooy] left and no-one took it the following season I asked the manager and David Gill if I could have the shirt. I had to wait a year until the new kit came out [at the start of this season], but as soon as that happened I was given the shirt, which was great. Ten has always been my favourite number.

    Did you know much about the history behind the shirt at United – Denis Law, Mark Hughes and Ruud van Nistelrooy, of course, are all former holders…
    They were all great players who scored so many goals for the club so I knew what a big number it was for me to take. But that great history makes wearing the shirt feel even better and also makes it more of a challenge to succeed. I always keep my first shirt of every new season so I’ve got the first no.10 one I wore against Chelsea [in the Community Shield] up at home.

    It’s also an iconic shirt throughout world football – Puskas, Pele, Platini, Maradona, Baggio, Zidane and now Ronaldinho have all worn it – was that in your mind too?
    Yeah, it’s definitely been an important number down the years. It’s probably more of a traditional number in South America for the best players to wear no.10. When you look at the players that have worn it, it feels great to have the number. Hopefully when I’ve finished people will look back and say the same thing about me.

    Have you got a favourite no.10 that you used to watch as a youngster?
    Not really. Duncan Ferguson was a big hero of mine but he was no.9 when I was a kid. He did switch to no.10 when I broke into the team at Everton though. Michael Owen is probably the no.10 I remember watching the most. Even though he played for Liverpool, I still always enjoyed watching him.

    Pele and Maradona were both great no.10s, what have you seen of them in action?
    I’ve watched a lot of videos of Pele and you can see what a brilliant footballer he was. He had two great feet, was strong in the air and was also a very good athlete. He’s rightly up there as one of the best players of all time. But, in my eyes, Maradona is definitely the best player there has ever been. He had pace, great skill and an unbelievable desire to win.

    Maradona has said that he believes you have a strong claim to be the best footballer in the world – do compliments like that inspire you as a player?
    It’s good to hear nice comments from anyone, but it’s amazing when it comes from someone like Maradona. It gives you great confidence to go out there and try and be as good as them.

    Denis Law is one of the most famous no.10s at United. It must have been nice to be presented with your new shirt by him?
    It was fantastic. He was an unbelievable player, he scored so many goals for the club and for him to hand the shirt over to me was a real honour. He was a player who could score any kind of goal. He wasn’t the tallest but he was very good in the air. He was also a very brave player and a real goal poacher inside the box.

    He said recently that he believes you, Ronaldo and Tevez can form a new holy trinity at United…
    Really? I hadn’t heard that! If we can get anywhere near that then it would be amazing. It’s
    great to hear things like that, but the likes of myself, Ronaldo and Carlos will tend to get more of the praise as we score the goals. The three of us know the importance of the other lads in the side and the part they play in helping the team be successful, so it’s not just about the players who score the goals.

    Your first goal in the no.10 shirt came against Roma in October – what do you remember about the goal?
    It was similar to the second one I scored against AC Milan last season. I hit it early, made good contact and thankfully it went into the far corner. It was a relief to get that first goal because I’d missed the first few games of the season with my broken foot. It was even more pleasing that it came in such an important game.

    How do you feel you’re developing as a striker – would you liken yourself to any of the aforementioned front men?
    Not really. I think it’s difficult for you to compare yourself to someone else, but I certainly hope I can become as good as them. I’ve definitely changed the way I play this season in the fact that I’ve played further up front rather than in behind a main striker; that’s something Carlos has done. I’d probably say I’ve enjoyed that role more as you seem to get more chances and hopefully that means I’ll end up with more goals.

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    13hrs more to go!!! But...
    Trio suffer knocks

    Owen Hargreaves and Gary Neville are major doubts for United's Barclays Premier League clash with managerless Newcastle United on Saturday, but Louis Saha has an outside chance of making the squad.

    Neville strained his hamstring during his comeback for the Reserves in mid-week, while Hargreaves injured his ribs in training.

    Saha also picked up a knock in the build-up to Saturday's tea-time clash, but Sir Alex Ferguson says the striker could be involved against the Geordies.

    "Louis got a knock in training, but hopefully he'll be okay - we're going to have a look at him later," revealed the boss at his pre-match press conference.

    "Gary's hamstring was a bit tight at half-time in the Reserves game the other night. The weather conditions were appalling and the pitch was very heavy so we decided to take him off. Nevertheless, it was a good start for him.

    "Owen got a knock in training in the ribs and is doubtful for Saturday. Chris Eagles is definitely out after picking up a thigh injury also in training. The number of training injuries we've had is amazing. But everyone else is fine."

    Earlier this week Sir Alex was looking forward to facing his big pal Sam Allardyce, but after just eight months in charge at St. James' Park Allardyce left the club by mutual consent on Wednesday evening.

    Sir Alex admits he finds it hard to believe he's discussing yet another managerial casulty this season.

    "Eight times this season I've had to talk about a Premier League manager leaving their jobs and every time I say there's a lack of patience from clubs," he explained.

    "I think it's a modern day trend - people today have not got the patience and the unfortunate thing for Sam was he was appointed by a different chairman [Freddy Shepherd] to the one that's there now. That was probably the most dangerous part about the situation he found himself in.

    "I don't really know what to make of the game itself," he added. "Sometimes when a team loses a manager and appoints a new one it can be difficult [for the opposition] as we found when we played West Ham last season [after Alan Curbishley took over].

    "But obviously in Newcastle's case they don't have a new manager yet, Nigel Pearson is taking the team for the day. Hopefully, we can do what we have to do and get the win."


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    Anelka joined Chelsea for 15m. I tot he will do well at Man Utd but too bad. Hope that its his lost that he din join us.
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